Dreams of the City
(DREAMS OF THE CITY)
Director: Mohamad Malas
Scriptwriter: Mohamad Malas, Samir Zirka
Cinematographer: Urdijan Engin
Editing: Haitham Kouatly
Cast: Yasmine Khlat, Rafik Sbeit, Bassel el Abdiadh, Hisham Khcheifati, Talhat Hamdi, Adnan Barakat, Naji Jabr, Adib Chhadeh, Ayman Zeidan, Nazir Sarhan, Raja Kotrach, Hasan Dakkak
National Film Organization
File, Coulour, 120 min, OV Arabic with French Subtitles
When his father dies, Dib goes to live with his mother and young brother in Damascus. His mother’s despotic father relunlanctly accept them and has only one wish: to get his daughter remarried. Fascinated by the magical city, Dib is eager to discover things, he has plenty of dreams. Yet, his daily life is punctuated by insults and violence.
Dib grows up in the political context of the fifties: the fall of the military dictatorship in Syria, the nationalization of the Suez canal, Nasser taking power in Egypt, and the unification of Syria ; faced with such violence and brutality, he loses his childhood illusions.
Dreams of the City is partly biographical. It is said the beginning of independent arthouse cinema in Syria.